Live Lively upsets 'Julia'

Updated: February 23, 2013, 11:42 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Bloodhorse



Lee Lewis' Live Lively was making her stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 2, $245,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park and proceeded to lead all the way home as the 2-1 second choice under jockey Joel Rosario. Trained by Mark Hennig, the Medaglia d'Oro filly set splits of :23 2/5, :46 3/5, 1:10 1/5 and 1:35 1/5 before finishing 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:42 1/5.

Live Lively immediately shot to the front when the gates opened and rounded the turn wide as 4-5 favorite Dreaming of Julia settled a few lengths back in second down the backstretch. Private Ensign and Lady Banks kept each other company just in behind, while Twice Told Tale rushed up after breaking in the air then dropped back to last.

Dreaming of Julia tried to make a run at Live Lively rounding the turn, but the dark bay miss never faltered, easily turning back her rival while 1 1/2 lengths clear on the wire.

It was another 5 3/4 lengths behind Dreaming of Julia to third-placer Private Ensign, while Lady Banks rounded out the field after Twice Told Tale was eased in the stretch.

Live Lively paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.20, and moved her career mark to 3-0-1 from four lifetime starts. The sophomore lass dropped her initial start at Belmont Park last June, then wasn't seen again until five months later when she captured her first win by three parts of a length at Aqueduct. She showed up on New Year's Day at Gulfstream to romp by 11 1/4 lengths in an optional claimer, and had now banked $220,300 in her short career.

Live Lively was bred in Kentucky by Edward A. Cox Jr. and sold for $160,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the Smoke Glacken mare Glacken's Gal, who was unbeaten in two races on track including the Astoria in 2007. Glacken's Gal is a half-sister to a pair of stakes winners, Banker's Buy and City Dweller, and a granddaughter of multiple Grade 3-placed stakes victress Mercedes Miss.

This female family has also produced dual Grade 3-placed stakes heroine Check Point; multiple stakes scorer Bagshot, who placed in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 2 Strub in 1998; and multiple Grade 1-placed Fiesta Libre.